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Conspiracy, The

Author(s): Hersey, John Pages: 275
Publisher: Knopf Date of Publication: 1972
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Setting: Rome Period: 64-65 AD (Code: 5c)
Rome Setting: y Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: n First Person: lette
Detective/Narrator: not exactly
Subject: Creation and suppression of the Pisonian conspiracy against Nero seen through the exchange of memoranda between Sofonius Tigellinus, co-Prefect of the Praetorian Guard and head of the secret police as well as inciter of Nero's extravagance and debauchery, and various others, mainly Paenus Afranius, tribune of the secret police. These memoranda often include intercepted letters, especially those between the Stoic L Annaeus Seneca and his nephew, the poet M Annaeus Lucanus.
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Rating: a good novel (in fact, a fairly fast read) and a faithful reflection of the sources, well worth reading or assigning to students who are studying the times of Nero. (Mench)
Review By: Mench
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